In our study of Genesis chapter three, we look at the end of innocence and the origin of sin. Innocence is the ignorance of the existence of evil and we shall see the effects on all of creation when this is lost. This study contains the biblical account of the separation of man from the presence of God.
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God really say, "You must not eat from any tree in the garden"?'" NIV translation
We see that Satan was able to use a snake to talk to the woman and introduce temptation. As we shall see, the serpent was not like the snakes of today as it must have had legs. The devil twisted the words of God and used this method to introduce the temptation to doubt the very words of God. This is the same method that was used to tempt Jesus (see Matthew 4) and it is the same technique that is used on us today. (That is why growing in faith and knowledge which is the second purpose of this website is so important.)
"The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, "You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die."'" NIV translation
We see from this passage the danger in ignorance of the Word of God. When confronted with this temptation, the woman added to the words that God had spoken to Adam. God had told them not to eat the fruit but He did not tell them that they could not touch it. Whether the woman added this on her own or she was wrongly taught by Adam, we do not know. The devil knew where to attack and tempted the woman because she had not directly heard the words of God.
"'You will not surely die,' the serpent said to the woman. 'For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'" NIV translation
The devil used the ignorance of God's word to cast doubt on its truth. We see his method in doing this is to use half-truths which, in fact, are nothing but disguised lies. Satan makes the woman focus on the one thing that God said they could not have instead of the vast amount of things that were freely given to them in the garden. God's motive is questioned as the devil makes it seem like God was trying to keep something good from the woman instead of keeping something that would not be good for them away. Many, today, have tried to make it seem like this was some grand test designed by God and that He was just waiting for man to fail but that is not so. In giving Adam and Eve this simple rule, He was trying to keep them from the burden of struggling with evil. Satan uses the same methods to attack us in that, he tries to get us to worry about what we don't have instead of praising and thanking God for what we do have.